Metal Gear Solid 5 AMD vs Nvidia Performance Review with ASUS

Introduction

Nvidia Metal Gear Solid V Game Ready Drivers Released

Metal Gear Solid 5 Performance Review with ASUS

 

One thing we have been always been asked at OC3D is if we could cover more PC games, benchmark them and otherwise provide information on the most recent releases. We have a very small team here and covering such things are not usually feasible due to time constraints, especially given how much hardware we have to go through.

Today we will be looking at Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Production's final Metal Gear Solid title and the first full Metal Gear Solid title to be released on PC. Will this title be a a PC port which will be hailed above all others, or another Arkham Knight? 

 

 

In recent years PC users have got the short end of the stick, with newer consoles becoming available the PC has been placed at the back of the priority list for many developers and publishers, which has allowed many sub-par PC games to be released in recent years, especially from Ubisoft.

In this Article we will not be reviewing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain story or gameplay, but will be giving you a rundown of the game's performance at 1080p and 4K, an in depth analysis of the game's options menu and a screenshot comparison of the game's different graphical settings.

 

Test Setup  

We will be testing this game on our dedicated GPU test rig using a variety of different GPUs from AMD and Nvidia's Mid-range and High end offerings.

Being a Nvidia GameWorks title this game is expected to favor Nvidia GPUs, especially since Nvidia currently offer this game with the purchase of new GPUs. We will see if this prediction is correct as we play and benchmark this game. 

 

ASUS GTX 960 & GTX 980 
ASUS R9 380 & R9 Fury Strix
Intel Core i7-4960X @ 4.4GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133
Corsair AX1500i
Corsair H100i
Windows 7 x64 

 

Mid Range GPU Testing

To represent AMD and Nvidia's Mid range GPU offerings we have decided to use the AMD R9 380 and the Nvidia GTX 960. Both of these GPUs will be the ASUS Strix models, which are currently available for £169.99 and  £179.99 for the Nvidia GTX 960 Strix and the and AMD R9 380 Strix respectively at Overclockers UK.

Both of these GPUs offer very similar performance in most scenarios and come in at very similar pricepoints, so it will be very interesting to see which GPU will come out on top. 

Right now Nvidia's GTX 960 will come with a copy of this game for free with any purchase. 

 

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High End GPU Testing

At the higher end of AMD's product stack are the AMD Fury and the Nvidia GTX 980, which while they are not the highest end GPUs available they are very big competitors when it comes to price and performance. Again we will be using ASUS' Strix models of these GPUs, the Nvidia GTX 980 Strix DCU II and the AMD R9 Fury Strix DC3 OC.

Right now both of these GPUs are priced at £449.99 at Overclockers UK, making them ideal for a head to head comparison.  Those who buy a GTX 980 right now will be given a copy of Metal Gear Solid V with their GPU, though right now we do not know how much longer this promotion will last. 

 

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Most Recent Comments

04-09-2015, 09:56:23

AlienALX
Nice article thanks. Good to know my Fury X will be good at 4k, too.

Shame about the 60 FPS cap but I'm on 60hz so it doesn't matter to me Quote

04-09-2015, 10:51:43

Dicehunter
Seems to be extremely well optimized, Still need to finished Ground Zeros perfectly for the PP save import feature for the extras but it's good to know it will perform well

Shame you couldn't test a Fury X and 980 Ti at 4K Quote

04-09-2015, 13:28:57

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Seems to be extremely well optimized, Still need to finished Ground Zeros perfectly for the PP save import feature for the extras but it's good to know it will perform well

Shame you couldn't test a Fury X and 980 Ti at 4K
Didn't need to, based off the 980/fury you would know they both would cap the 60fps limit basically 24/7
Very impressive for AMD considering this is a Gameworks title. They must have tried to get them on a more even playing field due to the apparent extensive optimizations they did.Quote

04-09-2015, 14:03:43

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Didn't need to, based off the 980/fury you would know they both would cap the 60fps limit basically 24/7
Very impressive for AMD considering this is a Gameworks title. They must have tried to get them on a more even playing field due to the apparent extensive optimizations they did.
Not a Gameworks title bud, The only thing Nvidia about it is the splash screen at startup, Zero amounts of Gameworks going on Quote

04-09-2015, 14:24:48

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Not a Gameworks title bud, The only thing Nvidia about it is the splash screen at startup, Zero amounts of Gameworks going on
Article says its a gameworks title...Quote
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